Virat Kohli wishes he had played Sachin Tendulkar’s 1998 ‘Desert Storm’ knock

Virat Kohli has been on a record-breaking spree with the bat in the last few years. The 31-year-old has already amassed 21,000+ runs and 70 centuries in international cricket.

Despite achieving it all, the Indian skipper on Sunday (May 17) revealed that he wished he had played Sachin Tendulkar’s iconic ‘Desert Storm’ innings against Australia at Sharjah.

Kohli had a long interaction with India’s football captain Sunil Chhetri on Instagram Live, where the latter asked him: “The one knock in international cricket you wished you had played?”

“1998 desert storm,” Virat replied straight away.

“Which one, the first one in the semi-final or the final?” Chhetri further asked.

“The first one where we qualified for the final,” Kohli added.

On April 22, 1998, Tendulkar had powered India into the final of the tri-series with a dazzling knock of 143 from 131 balls against Australia.

Even though India failed to chase down the total, the Men in Blue qualified for the final, where Sachin produced 131-ball 134 to script his team’s six-wicket victory.

In both the games, Sachin Tendulkar was particularly severe on Shane Warne – the legendary spinner whom Kohli found hard to tackle during the early years of Indian Premier League (IPL).

“I played against Shane Warne and he made me look like a fool in IPL 2009. Then there was a game in Rajasthan in 2011 and he was the captain, I played decent there… didn’t hit him and he didn’t get me out. We won the match and I remained unbeaten,” Virat recalled.

“You know that is when he told me something after the game that ‘never bite back.. never say something back to the bowler’.

“You know obviously I didn’t listen because meri gaadi usi se chalti hai. Maine kaha chalne do (because that is my go-to game and I shouldn’t change it),” Kohli said, leaving Chhetri in splits.

source : circle of cricket

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